Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Transplant
If you are experiencing hair loss or baldness, there are several different hair transplant techniques available to help you regain that healthy head of hair you once had. PAI Medical Group (WeGrowHair.com) offers all the available options including the innovative and least-invasive treatment available on the market today, follicular unit extraction, or an FUE transplant.
Traditional transplant methods involve harvesting a narrow strip of hair-bearing skin from the back and sides, a region known as the ‘donor’ area. Then the skin above and below the area that was removed is pulled together and a stitch holds the two sides together as it heals. As it heals completely, it may leave a fine thin surgical scar - typically a millimeter or two in width. This ‘strip method’ requires a little longer recovery time than the FUE transplant method. The FUE transplant procedure does take longer to perform but heals quickly and creates minimal scaring - typically tiny dots - on the back and sides of the head.
With Follicular Unit Extraction follicles are removed in groups of one to four, creating much smaller incisions in the donor area with no necessity for stitches. This means follicular unit extraction is great for patients that like to keep their hair cut short or don’t have much down time for recovery. Patients can also have procedures closer together to reach their goals, as opposed to doing procedures 10 to 12 months apart like what is typically done with strip harvesting.
Neo-graft/ ARTAS/ Ellis
Originally FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) transplants were all done by hand using small surgical punches to harvest the hairs. This process took much longer than the traditional strip technique and yielded resulted in a higher number of hairs being killed in the harvesting portion of the procedure.
The newest developments have automated this FUE transplant process making it faster than before with less damage to the hairs that are being transplanted. However, this process is still quite-a-bit slower than the traditional strip technique and doesn't allow for larger 'mega-sessions' so popular with patients today. It also limits the number of graft types that can be used in the procedure so careful consideration should be given to the limitations.
NeoGraft, ARTAS, and the Ellis system are fully automated follicular unit extraction systems which make it even easier than just the human hand alone for surgeons and surgical staff to perform FUE hair restoration surgery.
The NeoGraft is a system that is widely used in the United States today. It is considered by some as a 'first generation automation system' for hair transplantation and is most popular with physicians who do hair transplants as a side-service and not a specialty because of it's simplicity and ease of use.
NeoGraft begins by shaving a small portion of the hair on the back of the head. Then using the small NeoGraft handpiece, individual hair follicles are gently and painlessly removed for implantation to other areas of the head. Hair from the back of the head is thicker, more dense and genetically programmed to continue to grow. The NeoGraft handpiece smoothly removes hair follicles without risk of damaging the graft prior to transplantation.
NeoGraft and the FUE technology allows for the precise, strategic placement of individual hair follicles. Because hair follicles are removed individually and implanted individually, the result is beautiful and natural looking. You will never see the 'plug look' with our NeoGraft procedure. The NeoGraft transplant is faster than traditional methods; grafts can be re-implanted sooner which keeps them more robust, increasing the success of the grafting process. The speed of the process also makes it more cost effective.
The ARTAS is the first robotic hair transplant system in the world. It blends the skills of a highly trained hair transplant surgeon with unsurpassed precision and advanced digital mapping technology to harvest donor hair for the procedure. The proprietary digital mapping technology used to harvest the donor hair minimizes hair trans-section (hair death) which is something commonly associated with other FUE techniques.
The Ellis System is used by many hair transplant surgeons today who specialize in hair restoration surgery. It is an inexpensive and simple automated punch device that can be used to augment a strip harvest procedure or as a stand alone device that can be used for a full FUE case.
The ARTAS Digital Mapping System Shown Above
ARTAS as seen on the show 'The Doctors."
Animation of ARTAS harvesting Tool
Automated follicular unit extraction procedures make getting a hair transplant so easy that there is no longer any reason to put off getting that younger-looking, fuller head of hair. No matter what your hair loss trouble or your lifestyle, through WeGrowhair.com, PAI Medical Group can help you find the best transplant solution for you.
PAI Medical Hair Transplant Patient Amy Eckles and her dramatic before and after results.
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